Essay by Ibi Cole

I was asked to write about a prisoner and about Parole in Illinois. But strange as it may be, before I expound on Parole, I felt more compelled to write about you… to write to you about you. Strange, I agree. But here goes… From the moment the cell doors slam on a person, I always imagine that what begins there, is some form of a count down: Count down for time to be released; count down to the time to die… or count down the time to get out. Get out. Get away. Go back home. There would be …Read More →

Janet Jackson, written by Jeannette Harding

    Janet J. Jackson has been incarcerated since 1986 for hiring friends to murder her husband.  In spite of the fact that she argues that she was being abused by her husband and her friends took it upon themselves to kill him, she has been incarcerated for almost 32 years with no chance at parole. I have known her for over ten years and didn’t know that 32-year-old woman who was sentenced.  But I know her as a positive, cheerful, honest, caring woman who is an advocate for herself and others serving time at Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln.  …Read More →